Amtrak to Build NY-NJ Train Tunnels for $13.5B

'Gateway Tunnel' project has planned 2020 finish
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2011 5:47 PM CST
In this Dec. 28, 2010 file photo, an Amtrak Acela train blows snow as it passes through the Princeton Junction station in West Windsor, N.J., after a weekend storm has disrupted train schedules.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(Newser) – Amtrak plans to dig two new tunnels for commuter trains between New York and New Jersey, Reuters reports. The project, called the Gateway Tunnel and projected to cost $13.5 billion, has a loose finish date of 2020. "The two new trans-Hudson tunnels will provide long-sought, peak-period operational capacity and is an investment that will improve transportation flexibility and reliability for decades to come," said an Amtrak statement. It's seen by some as a vital first step in getting high-speed rail into the Northeast, but the project was dumped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last year over its pricetag.

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